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Steve Bannon Subpoenaed In Connection With Mueller’s Russia Investigation

Steve Bannon

Former White House and Trump campaign adviser Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Norway Poised To Decriminalize All Illegal Drugs

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Norway is poised to make some big changes to its drug laws.

Supreme Court To Hear Case Dealing With Sales Taxes On Online Purchases

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Late last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case involving the question of whether online and out-of-state businesses can be required to collect sales taxes in states with which they have no connection.

Supreme Court Hears Argument On Ohio’s Voter Purge Law

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The Supreme Court heard argument yesterday in an important case dealing with the circumstances under which voters can be purged from the voting rolls.

Federal Court Strikes Down North Carolina Congressional Districts As Partisan Gerrymandering

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A Federal Court in North Carolina has issued a stinging ruling against the partisan gerrymandering undertaken by the Republican legislature in that state.

Federal Judge Rules Against Trump’s Effort To Halt DACA Program

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A Federal Judge has put a hold on the impending end of the DACA program.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Sends A Strong Signal That She’s Not Going Anywhere

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is making it clear she has no intention of leaving office before the 2020 election.

Trump Administration Reverses Obama Era Policy On State Marijuana Legalization

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The Trump Administration is reversing policy on an Obama Era policy that allowed states to choose their own course on marijuana laws.

Donald Trump Is Seeking To Stop A Book Critical Of Him From Being Published

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Who needs a First Amendment when you have lawyers willing to write threatening letters?

Roy Moore Files Largely Frivolous Lawsuit Claiming ‘Voter Fraud’ In Senate Election

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Roy Moore isn’t giving up, but he can’t stop the inevitable.

Cities Sue Over Failure To Report Military Convictions To National Gun Check Database

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Three U.S. cities are suing the Federal Government over the failure to properly report military convictions to the national gun background check database.

Disputed Virginia Election Heads To Court

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The battle for control of the Virginia House of Delegates remains up in the air as both sides continue to dispute the outcome in one district.

What Happens When A Business Won’t Accept Cash For Payment?

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An increasing number of businesses are refusing to accept cash as payment, that raises some interesting social and legal issues.

Appeals Court Strikes Down Third Version Of Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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Late yesterday, a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling striking down the latest version of Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban.

Federal Judge Dismisses Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Against Trump

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A Judge in New York has dismissed a lawsuit against the President based on two provisions of the Constitution that had never been ruled on before.

How To Pick Better Judicial Nominees

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Earlier this week, Matthew Peterson, who was nominated for a position on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after a particularly embarrassing appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, withdrew his nomination rather than face certain rejection. This led to speculation about how the Trump Administration could improve its judicial nomination process. One New York […]

Trump Considered Dumping Gorsuch Over Perceived Disloyalty

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Report that President Trump considered withdrawing the Gorsuch nomination are another sign of his unhealthy obsession with pledges of loyalty from people who have no business giving it to him.

Trump Judicial Nominee Caught Unprepared By Viral Video Withdraws Nomination

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A Trump judicial nominee who could not answer basic legal questions in a hearing last week has withdrawn his nomination, but this is likely to happen again unless the Administration fixes some obvious flaws in its selection process.

Federal Appeals Court Judge Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Federal Appeals Court Judge Alex Kozinski is resigning immediately after a barrage of sexual harassment allegations.

Another Incompetent, Unqualified Trump Judicial Nominee

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Meet Matthew Peterson, a nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia who apparently doesn’t know much about trials.

Pursuant To Court Order, Defense Department Will Allow Transgender Americans To Enlist

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Transgender Americans will be able to enlist in the military beginning January 1st thanks to a ruling from a Federal District Court Judge.

Supreme Court Declines To Hear Case Regarding Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation

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The Supreme Court declined to hear a major case regarding discrimination based on sexual orientation, but the issue is likely to come up again in the very near future.

Supreme Court Takes On A Second Political Gerrymandering Case

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a second case dealing with political Gerrymandering.

Trump, Trump Jr., And The Attorney-Client Privilege

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Donald Trump Jr. is claiming that some conversations between him and his father are covered by the attorney-client privilege. Based on what we know about those conversations, there’s a good possibility that he’s right.

Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Case Pitting First Amendment Rights Against LGBT Rights

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The Supreme Court held oral argument in a case that pits First Amendment rights against the rights of LGBT Americans.

Robert Mueller Crosses Trump’s “Red Line” By Seeking Information About Trump’s Finances

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Mueller crosses Trump’s “red line.”

Supreme Court Lifts Injunctions Against Trump Administration’s Muslim Travel Ban Version 3.0

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The Supreme Court is allowing the latest version of Donald Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban to go into effect.

Supreme Court Justices Appear Skeptical Of Law Barring Legalization Of Sports Gambling

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The Supreme Court heard argument today in a case challenging a 1992 law barring sports gambling in all but a handful of states, and the Justices appeared skeptical of the law.

Trump Pressed Top Senators To End Russia Investigation

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For a guy who considers the Russia investigation “Fake News,” President Trump sure is doing a lot to try to stop it.

Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty To Lying To The F.B.I.

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Ominous news for the Trump Administration today out of Federal Court in Washington, D.C.

Undocumented Immigrant Acquitted In Case Trump Turned Into A Political Issue

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A not guilty verdict in a case that Donald Trump turned into a political issue.

Supreme Court Hears Argument In Case Involving Fourth Amendment Rights And Technology

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The Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday in what could end up being a landmark case on the issue of the scope of Fourth Amendment rights in the 21st Century.

NBC Fires Matt Lauer After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

The latest domino to fall in the ongoing wave of sexual harassment and abuse revelations is Matt Lauer.

Air Force Repeatedly Failed To Report Crimes To National Gun Database

Guns And Bullets

Big problems for the Air Force.

Supreme Court Declines Appeal Of Case Upholding Maryland Ban On Assault Weapons

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The Supreme Court has declined to hear yet another Second Amendment case.

Michael Flynn’s Legal Team Ends Cooperation With President Trump’s Legal Team

Trump Russia

Potentially bad news for President Trump in connection with the Russia investigation.

Second Federal Judge Issues Order Blocking Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

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For the second time in as many months, a Federal Court is blocking the Administration’s ban on transgender troops in the military.

Federal Judge Issues Order Barring Cut Off Of Funding To ‘Sanctuary Cities’

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A Federal Judge in California has entered an order permanently blocking a Trump Administration effort to deny funding to so-called sanctuary cities.

Notorious Mass Murderer Charles Manson Dead at 83

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Charles Manson, who led a cult-like “family” to a series of murders in 1969 and subsequently spent more than 40 years in prison, has died at the age of 83: Charles Manson, one of the most notorious murderers of the 20th century, who was very likely the most culturally persistent and perhaps also the most […]

Presidential Authority To Order Nuclear Launches In The Trump Era

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Is it time to reexamine Presidential authority to launch a nuclear strike?

Roy Moore And Standards Of Proof

Gavel And Scales Of Judtice

No, we don’t have to presume that Roy Moore is “innocent until proven guilty.”

Case Against Senator Bob Menendez Ends In Mistrial

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New Jersey Senate Bob Menendez has temporarily dodged a bullet, but his ultimate fate is far from clear.

Donald Trump’s Unqualified Judges

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As a candidate, Donald Trump liked to claim that he only hired the “top people.” and said he would do the same thing as President. So far, it isn’t working out that way.

Russian Lawyer Alleges Donald Trump, Jr. Offered Quid Pro Quo For Information On Clinton

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Yet more evidence of potential collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russians.

Trump And The Rule Of Law

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In his time as President, Donald Trump has demonstrated as much contempt for the rule of law as he did as a candidate.

Senator Rand Paul Seriously Assaulted Outside Home

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Late last week, Senator Rand Paul was attacked by his neighbor in an incident that now appears to be a rather serious case of assault: WASHINGTON — Senator Rand Paul suffered five broken ribs and bruises to his lungs in an altercation with a neighbor on Friday at his home in Bowling Green, Ky., one […]

Twenty-Six Killed In South Texas Church Massacre

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Another mass shooting.

Ezekiel Elliott Gets Another Reprieve

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Ezekiel Elliott got a legal reprieve late last week, but it may not last for long and it could have a big impact on the fortunes of the Dallas Cowboys.

Bowe Bergdahl Receives Dishonorable Discharge, Reduction In Rank, Will Not Serve Prison Time

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Bowe Bergdahl received a dishonorable discharge and reduction in rank, but will not serve time in prison.

Utah Nurse Accosted By Police Settles Claims

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Alex Wabbel, the Utah nurse who became famous in September after police body cam footage captured her being accosted by a police officer who was wrongfully demanding that she allow him to draw blood from a patient involved in an auto accident, has settled her claims with Salt Lake City and the hospital: A Utah […]

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